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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
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  1. Apr 21, 2014
    90
    There's no denying the album is catchy.
  2. Apr 21, 2014
    90
    There isn’t as much outright variety as there was on Impossible Past, but there are subtle refinements that make Rented World perhaps the most musically solid album the band has released.
  3. While Rented World may not offer the thematic comforts that fans of Impossible Past will be searching for, the album is stacked from top to bottom with can’t-miss tracks.
  4. Apr 24, 2014
    70
    The band ditched some of it’s more songwriterly elements, but for what it is, Rented World slays.
  5. Jun 17, 2014
    60
    It all helps to bring out a soul and spirit that is hard to deny. [Jul 2014, p.110]
  6. Jun 10, 2014
    60
    This album, for all of its sharp musicianship and the ever-brilliant play-off between vocalists Greg Barnett and Tom May, just doesn't capture the gravity of its predecessor.
  7. 50
    That energy and excitement [from the band’s past two albums] is severely lacking here, replaced by by-the-numbers pop punk that is uncharacteristically complacent.

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  1. Apr 24, 2014
    10
    Another album from The Menzingers you just can`t miss out on! Fantastic composition, lyrics and super catchy melodies. It may not be anotherAnother album from The Menzingers you just can`t miss out on! Fantastic composition, lyrics and super catchy melodies. It may not be another "On The Impossible Past", but it`s still a masterpiece within their genre. Collapse
  2. May 4, 2014
    7
    I fell in love with The Menzingers music after hearing Chamberlain Awaits and On the Impossible Past was one of the most glorious albums ofI fell in love with The Menzingers music after hearing Chamberlain Awaits and On the Impossible Past was one of the most glorious albums of the decade so far, with it's brave, brilliantly poetic lyrics and smart, fondly familiar melodies combining in original ways. Here, however, the lyrics and guitar interplay don't quite hit the heights of their previous two albums ( and to a lesser extent, A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology) as much. It is still a wholly palatable, even enjoyable record, but the fact that it came after one of the most gorgeous pop punk records ever makes this a rather disappointing effort. Expand
  3. May 16, 2014
    6
    Unfortunately the Menzingers haven't followed up on On The Impossible Past as many hoped. This album does have some great songs, 'I don'tUnfortunately the Menzingers haven't followed up on On The Impossible Past as many hoped. This album does have some great songs, 'I don't wanna be an **** anymore' and 'In Remission' are up there with their best work but the album as a whole is patchy and inconsistent. You can see they've tried to do things a bit differently and in some cases it works great. Rodent has elements of early 90's shoegazing. 'The Talk' would not be out of place on a Green Day album. However, songs like 'When you died' sound like a very poor Bob Dylan cover act and others songs like the album as a whole don't fulfil their potential. All in all it's a lot better then 99% of other music out there in any genre at the moment and Rented World certainly shouldn't lose them any fans either. Overall I think the Menzingers have raised the bar too high with their previous records but there are still signs of greatness for the future. Expand